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Posted On: 08/27/18 7:08 AM
Pictured: Kevin Porter, Jr.
Barring any last minute decisions, the college destinations of the Class of 2018 in Washington have been determined and this month, many of those getting ready to start their college basketball careers will have enrolled in school. Here’s a list of those who are heading to the Division I level.
Breakdown: This class seems to have a little bit less impact coming out of it, especially in terms of major conference players. There’s no question Kevin Porter, Jr. will be an impact player for Southern Cal from Day One and may very well be one-and-done when it comes to the NBA. Otherwise, the rest of the players getting scholarships from major conference schools are solid but not spectacular. CJ Elleby will find his way into the rotation at Washington State, as will J’Raan Brooks at Southern Cal and Emmitt Matthews, Jr. at West Virginia. Of note with Brooks and Matthews it the fact that both were previously committed to other schools in the fall (Brooks to St. John’s and Matthews to UConn) before switching in the spring.
Erik Stevenson is another incoming freshman who made his decision early in the fall to Wichita State. An interesting late decision was that of Ed Chang to San Diego State, as Chang never got eligible to play at Garfield after moving to Seattle from Nebraska. As usual, the state has a couple of high academic Division I kids with Nic Lynch heading to Lehigh and Colby Kyle off to Princeton. The Big Sky and especially the West Coast Conference didn’t land as many kids seemingly as usual, but Eastern Washington in particular signed Elijah Jackson and added a couple of walk-ons.